October 7, 2014

Sustainability Spotlight

UW System sustainability leaders to meet for collaboration session October 16-17
Students, faculty and staff from across the UW System will discuss sustainability strategies and solutions at the annual UW System Sustainability Meeting. Discussion topics include:
  • Campus operations
  • Sustainability in education
  • Engagement and behavior change
  • Measuring sustainability 
All UW System students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the meeting. Register by October 9

What's New at UW?

Student facilitators needed for annual Badger Bioneers Conference
Sustain Dane and the Office of Sustainability are seeking student facilitators to help event participants with interactive activities. Facilitators will receive professional training and reduced registration fees. 
Seasonal flu shots available to students, employees
University Health Services (UHS) strongly recommends that all students, faculty and staff get a flu shot. UHS will offer walk-in flu shots through November 4.
UW–Madison tuition balance drops by 41 percent, report says
A UW System report shows that UW–Madison's tuition balances were reduced by 41 percent from 2013 to 2014. Fund balances were the subject of controversy in the passage of the state budget in 2013, leading to deep cuts in the UW System budget.

Featured Events

Game Day Challenge
October 11, 2014 | 11 a.m. | Camp Randall
The Game Day Recycling Challenge is a national, collegiate recycling competition designed to encourage students to eliminate waste by recycling. Help UW win the Game Day Recycling Challenge by putting your plastic bottles in Camp Randall's recycling bins.

Related article: Taking the trash out of Camp Randall
Walk the Walk
October 17, 2014 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | Meet at Ogg Hall
Join a one-hour walking tour of social and environmental justice organizations near UW–Madison. Participants may choose one of three themed tours: 
  • Economic Justice and Health
  • Environmental Justice
  • Social Justice and Civil Rights
Tour stops include the Wisconsin Women's Network, Sustain Dane, Sierra Club, Clean Wisconsin, WORT 89.9 FM Radio and more.

Food For Thought

Comments on MGE rate proposal close Oct. 8
A Madison Gas & Electric proposal to increase fixed charges and reduce per-use rates goes before the Public Service Commission this week, with a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Comments on the plan are due by Wednesday.
What you need to know about Ebola in the US
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention diagnosed the first-ever case of Ebola in the United States, bringing national attention to the epidemic and raising questions for many about containing the virus. 

Jobs & Opportunities


Climate Knowledge Project student facilitators – Madison, WI
The Climate Knowledge Project is seeking two student participant-facilitators to facilitate discussion groups to improve student and staff climate literacy and engagement with climate change issues. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Application deadline is October 13.
American Family Insurance sustainability intern – Madison, WI
American Family Insurance is hiring a sustainability intern to work with its sustainability specialist to implement projects and assist with programming including highway clean-ups, employee electronic waste recycling and more. Application deadline is October 31.
Community GroundWorks tree ambassador intern – Madison, WI
Community GroundWorks is seeking a tree ambassador intern to educate and inspire citizens to care for urban forests and provide information about tree care. Read more about Community GroundWorks internships here. Application deadline is October 10.
Kikkoman Foods Foundation student scholarships
The Kikkoman Foods Foundation has provided funding for eight scholarships for students pursuing an environmental studies major through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Application deadline is October 17.


Shedd Aquarium Great Lakes partnerships manager – Chicago, IL
The Shedd Aquarium is hiring a Great Lakes partnerships manager to develop and maintain a Great Lakes and sustainability strategic plan to build strong relationships with Great Lakes organizations and influencers, external partners and internal stakeholders. Application deadline is not listed.


Ohio State University environment and natural resource policy professor – Columbus, OH
The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking an assistant/associate professor in the field of social-ecological systems. Application review begins November 1.
Apple, Inc. environmental engagement and partnerships manager – Santa Clara Valley, CA
Apple, Inc. is hiring an environmental engagement and partnerships manager to work with its team to lead Apple's engagement with external sustainability and environmental stakeholders, among other duties. Application deadline is not listed.
Siemens building performance & sustainability project manager – Miramar, FL
Siemens is hiring a building performance & sustainability project manager to manage the development of projects including pre-bid reviews, project plans and estimate reports. Application deadline is not listed.


National Geographic Great Energy Challenge
Grants are available to early-stage entrepreneurs working on clean energy or energy efficiency projects with additional environmental, economic and/or social benefits. For more information contact Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


October 7, 2014
UW–Madison Employee Benefits Resource Fair
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Union South
October 7, 2014
Meetup: Should I go to graduate school?
12 p.m.
Union South, TITU
October 7, 2014
Climate change and displacement in Panama
12-1 p.m.
206 Ingraham Hall
October 8, 2014
Slow Food Cafe
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Crossing, 1127 University Avenue
October 8, 2014
The global food chain and child labor elimination
4 p.m.
8417 Social Science
October 8, 2014
Creating an individual development plan
4:30-6 p.m.
Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
October 8, 2014
Workshop: Making an informed housing decision
6 p.m.
Gordon Dining and Event Center
October 9, 2014
Weston Roundtable: Sustainability certifications in the tropics
4:15-5:15 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering
October 10, 2014
Yi-Fu Tuan Lecture: Private land conservation
3:30 p.m.
180 Science Hall
October 10, 2014
Panel: Sustainable agriculture, fair trade and cooperatives
7 p.m.
Goodman Community Center
October 11, 2014
Volunteer workday: Core area and Curtis Prairie
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center
October 14, 2014
Lunch & Learn: Wild Rockies Field Institute
12 p.m.
15 Science Hall
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